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1956 Aristocraft Sea Flash

1956 Aristocraft Sea Flash

How fun is this. We found a nicely restored 1956 Aristocraft Sea Flash. She’s a rare 13 ft mahogany runabout that also features that rare retro-green Mercury outboard that we love. The Aristocraft was only produced for four years.

She has factory rack and pinion steering and comes with two complete 1956 mercury Mark 55 motors and custom trailer. 

She’s located in Massachusetts and the seller is asking $8700.

Hacker-Craft Sportabout

1999 Hacker-Craft Sportabout

Here’s a beautiful 1999 30′ Sportabout we found for sale. Hacker-Craft’s level of craftsmanship is only surpassed by their gorgeous lines in the water. The traditional Hacker exterior stain in concert with the green interior and bottom green/white striping is truly classic. We also love the 2nd cockpit and easy access to/from the teak swim platform.

Hand crafted since 1908, Hacker-Craft’s legacy is that of John L. Hacker (1877-1961), the preeminent naval architect of mahogany pleasure crafts of the last century, whose designs included some of the greatest mahogany boats ever built. Today, the Hacker Boat Company, Inc. is the world’s largest builder of classic mahogany motorboats, with corporate headquarters and boatyard facilities located on the shoreline of Lake George, in the
town of Silver Bay, NY.

Hull #308 is powered by a Marine Power 7.4L Vortec with only 245 hours. She’s being offered for $143,500.

1966 Riva Tritone

1958 Riva Tritone

We found this striking Riva Tritone for sale for $325K GBP in Windmere, Great Britain. Rivas are acknowledged worldwide as the Bentleys of the sea. The Riva classic wooden boat building began in the late 1940s, and continued until almost the end of the 20th century. The last wooden Riva was completed in 1996. The Tritone was a pivotal design for Riva, and only their second venture into the fledgling leisure speedboat market of the 1950s.

The design marked the transition from the 2-seater, single-engine runabouts that typified the early 20th century, to a much more spacious and useful family dayboat, with more seats, a small cabin and twin engines.  

1966 Riva Tritone

The Tritone entered production in 1950 and was an immediate success. It played a lead role in establishing Riva as the world leader in wooden speedboats, and laid the foundation for the company’s meteoric rise to legendary status over the next half century.  It remained in production, through various modifications and improvements, until 1966. In all, some 258 Tritones were built.

1966 Riva Tritone

The construction is plank on frame/multi layer plywood bottom with African Mahogany. Frames: sipo, topsides: sapele, bottom: Fastening: silicon bronze screws, copper rivets, adhesives, epoxy plywood bottom.

The engines (twin Chrysler 318 V8 225hp) were completely stripped and rebuilt by the Ferrari engine specialists, Ian Barkaway, UK. Engine reinstallation, drive chain, rewiring and final assemble was undertaken by Berthon in Lymingon, UK. All wood and chrome restored by Fine Wooden Boats, UK. Final varnish to Concours finish was undertaken by Colin Henwood, Henley, UK. All the companies were chosen for their individual specialities and skills, whilst the works being completed are to an incredibly high standard.

Saetta Custom Classic

A 2010 Saetta Classic

We found a truly one of a kind in Sarasota, FL. Built in the USA by Kimbell Aviation, this 20′ sweetheart started with a conversation between Bill Scheunemann and Kevin Kimball (whom are aircraft engineers) about a common passion of vintage classic wooden boats. After tossing around the idea of working together to create a new but vintage looking boat, Tom Drake began to work building the boat becoming the primary builder. The Italian Designer Mirco Pecorari joined the team of engineers to help with the styling and detail of the boat.

Saetta Boat

While truly custom, this boat’s styling embodies the shapes and elements of classic wooden boats but with a bit more curve, and modern touches. She has a 3 epoxy system making it a No-Soak boat made of Honduran Mahogany and Birch Chinking. There is a Glassurit clear coat over the epoxy finish Porsche/ Mercedes paint. And what’s there not to love about the two tone brown and white seats.

Saetta Boat

She’s listed at $139K (including trailer and cover).

My 3 Sons

We found My 3 Sons on Lake Michigan.  This 31′ rugged and seaworthy trunk cabin launch was custom designed by Van Dam in 2002 for day trips around the open waters of the Straits of Mackinaw on Lake Michigan, and the occasional coastal cruise in the northern Great Lakes.  Light and airy cabin accommodations offer a galley, V-berth, head, slide out table, and comfortable seating for enjoying a good book and a warm drink on a foggy day.

A permanent mahogany framed canvas sun top can be extended aft to enclose the entire cockpit for camping or brisk weather.  An Awlgripped hull and deck provide low maintenance; however, there is just enough bright finished mahogany to let the passersby know that this is a classic wood boat.

She had extensive upgrades in 2013 including a new permanent hard top, new paint, electric refrigeration, new stereo, new microwave, and new mahogany cockpit grates.  My 3 Sons is powered by a 270 hp Yanmar Turbo diesel with a cruising speed of 32 mph.

She’s listed for sale at Van Dam .

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Star, a 38′ Sedan Cruiser

This fresh water, hand crafted 38′ Sedan Cruiser was designed by Van Dam Custom Boat’s yacht designer for fast coastal cruising with accommodations for up to four people. While the intent and layout focuses on only two people being on the boat overnight, her dinette will convert into a double berth for two guests on the rare occasion that it may be required.   She has a roomy cockpit which allows for taking a group out for the day.

 

 

Her custom cabin interior shows off Van Dam’s craftsmanship and is impeccably finished with beautifully joined and satin varnished mahogany that accents her semi-gloss off white interior panels and bulkheads. She has select quarter sawn maple flooring and an inlaid table below.

 

Bright varnished exterior wood cabin sides, windshield, transom and trim add warmth to the Awlgripped eggshell cabin top and hardtop. Her hull sides, which are faired to perfection, are Awlgripped in a deep midnight blue and set off with a white boot stripe.

 

She’s powered with two 440 hp Yanmar Turbo Diesels.  With an approximate 350 mile cruise range, and fully equipped with radar, chart plotter and autopilot this custom built wood boat is designed to take her owners quickly into the quiet corners of our Great Lakes. Once there, a 3.8 kw genset and AC will provide all the comforts for an extended stay.

She’s being offered for $549,000 by Van Dam Boats.

 

1948 Ventnor – Rocketeer

This restored 1948 Rocketeer was built by Ventnor Boat Works in a small boat yard in Ventnor, NJ.  Founded by Adolph Ventnor in 1902, Ventor Boat Works gained fame as the builder of the world’s fastest custom speed boats including Sir Malcolm Campbell’s “Bluebird”, the fastest boat in the world at the time.  The company moved to Atlantic City at the beginning of World War II and switched from racing and pleasure boats to producing war ships.

This wooden beauty is in stellar condition and has had a recent re-finish and engine tuning by Freedom Boat Service.  The mahogany finish is simply brilliant and the plush red seats are begging us to have a seat.  And who’s not a sucker for the oversized banjo steering wheel.  This is #5 of six 23′ twin engine Ventnors ever built. Only three of the six are known to exist, and only one other has been restored. Rocketeer is powered by twin Gray Marine “Fireball” six cylinder engines.

Rocketeer is for sale by Freedom Boats for $225,000 and includes the tandem axle trailer and mooring cover.

 

 

 

A Custom Gentleman’s Racer from Down Under

This sleek 20 foot bad boy was custom built in Auckland, NZ in 1990. The decks and sides are marine ply with African Mahogany.  The bottom is marine ply with African Mahogany outers and fiberglass exterior.  The boat was refurbished by Curtis Hillman in 2015.  She tops out at 55 mph thanks to her 1995 250 hp Mercruiser IB 5.7 L Bluewater.  She has an excellent riding hull and cuts through rough water nicely.  This speedster stays stored in a boat house and the seller states it’s in excellent condition.

It has had only one owner and it currently resides on Milford Bay in Lake Muskokoa, Ontario.  The seller is asking $95,000.  You can find her here.

 

 

Ninfea, A 1970 Riva Aquarama

We found this stunning Riva Aquarama in Germany.  The most famous of Carlo Riva’s designs, the Aquarama is a luxury runabout built by the Italian yachtbuilder from 1962 to 1996. This 1970 refurbished beauty is 1 of 203 ever produced in this series.  The hull is sheathed in mahogany and varnished to accentuate the beauty of it’s natural wood grain. The Aquarama is a direct descendant of the Tritone upon whose hull it was built. It incorporates an open sunbathing area, separate front seats and a central non-slip gangway which allows easy water access at the stern.

The Aquarama has made many appearances on the big screen, including with Xenia Onatopp in the James Bond epic Golden Eye.

The seller is asking $597,555 and can be contacted here.

 

 

 

A “Precious” Triple Cockpit on Lake Minnetonka

We were drawn to the refined vintage craftsmanship and pure beauty of this this 1937 Chris-Craft runabout which has been likened to the aquatic equivalent of a 1950s T-Bird convertible. Chris-Craft has always stood for craftsmanship, dating back to 1881 when founder Christopher Columbus Smith and his brother began crafting hunting boats. In the 1900s, their reputation for fine craftsmanship lead them to produce custom pleasure boats for the wealthy, such as Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst. They evolved to producing faster runabouts like this beauty in the 1920s and becoming the world’s largest builder of mahogany power boats.

 

 

This 1937 gem is a rare roll-deck triple cockpit runabout which was designed for cruising and entertaining with friends. The seller states the boat has been fully restored from the ground up with all all new bottom, sides and decks, new wiring, restored instruments and updated upholstery. She’s also been re-powered with a Marine Power 454 c.i. engine which is housed in the center of the boat.  And we must mention how sweet the sound of a Chris-Craft’s above water exhaust is.  You’ll certainly want to give her a test drive and a full inspection, but they say it runs great and offer delivery.  You can find Precious at Classic Boat & Motor, Inc.